FLAT ROCK-Jeremiah Arthur Farrington, Jr., 93, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joanne just 8 short months ago. He moved to Hendersonville, NC 17 years ago from Princeton, NJ where he had lived for over 40 years.
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He graduated from High School at the age of 15, and then attended the Middlesex School in Concord, MA, which he credited with introducing him to many of his lifelong passions. He graduated from Princeton University in 1941 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He went to work for the Freeport Sulfur Company in Louisiana and Texas, before answering the Navy's call to direct a project at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, where he received an Officer's commission. Upon discharge, he set up a development laboratory with the Cold Springs Bleachery in Yardley, PA. In 1952, he returned to Princeton to begin his 35 year career in various positions culminating in his roles as Assistant Dean of Engineering and Assistant to the President.
Among his many accomplishments, he was a nationally renowned Philatelist. His other interests included Ancient Chinese ceramics, rare coins, gemstones and American Antiques. Although he was 93, his wit, wisdom and sense of humor never left him.
He is survived by his children, Pam (Farrington) Boettcher, and husband Rick and sons; Steven Farrington, and Jeremiah A. Farrington, III (Jay) and grandchildren Brad Boettcher, Noah Farrington and David Farrington.
Per his request, there will be no memorial service. But we will all remember him as a special, talented and brilliant man who encouraged us to learn as much as we could about as much as we could in order to live a colorful life…not a grey one.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Times-News on Aug. 29, 2013